March Beauty Favorites 2016

Now that we're finally into the month of April, it's time to talk about March and all of the beauty bits that I was loving the past month.

I waited so long to join the Ambient Lighting Powder club, but I'm glad I finally did! Over the holidays I received a Sephora gift card and I knew right away that one of the items I wanted to purchase was an Hourglass powder. I went into the store to swatch all the different shades, but ended up going with Dim Light because it was the least shimmery but still gave off a pretty glow. I love the texture of this powder; it's incredibly finely-milled and is almost undetectable on the skin while still giving you a soft-focus look.

I picked this palette up not really knowing what to expect. I had heard a few people saying that they liked it, but wasn't sure how it would work for me. But, for $4.99 I gave it a shot - and it ended up being amazing! Both the contour and highlight colors are matte, and while I like the highlighter, the contour is what stands out to me. It's the perfect shade for my skin, being very pale (there's a darker shade for those with deeper skin tones) and has perfect tone for contour - cool but not grayish. As with many of WnW's products, it's very pigmented, but I've never had a problem with it looking patchy on the skin. It's made contorting quick and easy for me, especially on mornings when I'm rushing to get out the door.

I got a tiny sample tube of this in my Birchbox this month, and I think it's one of my favorite products I've gotten in my boxes so far. It's a very pink-based liquid highlight, which looks great if you have pink or neutral undertones like me (but it might not work as well on those with olive or yellow undertones). I really like that it has no visible shimmer or glitter - even in bright sunlight - yet it gives the skin a really fresh and glowy look.

This primer has been a life-saver for me at a time when my skin has been looking dull and dehydrated due to the cold weather. It does a great job of adding a very subtle glow from beneath your foundation, and also helps any base product I use to stay in place on my skin.

I love the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks for the colors and the formula, so when I found out they had come out with three new shades a while ago, I snatched up No.37. This one is a bright, slightly glossy coral-orange that looks really fresh for spring. Lately I've been wearing it sheered out, applying most of the product to the center of my lips then patting to distribute color in a gradient out to the edges of the lips.

This brow gel has completely changed my brow game. I'm not joking. As someone who has very sparse eyebrows naturally, whenever I fill them in with power (I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Dark Brown) it can tend to look very unnatural because the powder will cover up the hair that I actually have. This brow gel not only completely solves this problem, but also makes me look like I have thicker eyebrows than I really do. I'm not sure how it does it, but the "plumper" part of Brow Plumper is no lie. I also really appreciate the super-tiny brush that it has (very similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow), as it makes it really easy to comb through my eyebrows without getting gel all over my face.

What were your favorite products from March?


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